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The Road to Coyote Flats

For the day, Steve and I rode our dirt bikes from just outside Bishop, into the High Sierras, to Coyote Creek, Coyote Flats and Coyote Ridge – anything “coyote.” I’d driven to Coyote Flats several times, and it turns out that riding a dirt bike is much faster and easier – the bumps in the road get much smaller.

The road to Coyote Flats climbs steeply after leaving Bishop, following canyons and along ridges in pine trees.
The road to Coyote Flats climbs steeply after leaving Bishop, following canyons and along ridges in pine forests. Steve rode his Husky, I was on my Suzuki DRZ400.
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Once you get close to the top and the Flats, the road parallels Coyote Creek, crossing back and forth several times.
A self-portrait on Coyote Ridge with the Sierras in the background, a little over 11,000'. Comparing photos I've taken in past years, there's much less snow this year.
A self-portrait on Coyote Ridge with the Sierras in the background, a little over 11,000′. Comparing photos I’ve taken in past years, there’s much less snow this year.
On Coyote Ridge looking west.
On Coyote Ridge looking west.
Stopping to inspect abandoned mining operations.
Stopping to inspect abandoned mining operations right about here.

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South Lake at the top of Bishop Creek.
South Lake at the top of Bishop Creek.
Steve crossing Coyote Creek.
Steve crossing Coyote Creek.

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An abandoned DOD high elevation landing strip at 11,000' on Coyote Flats.
An abandoned DOD high-elevation landing strip at Coyote Flats right about here.

Sequoia National Forest, Monache Meadow

How to escape the summer heat: head to the High Sierras. We base-camped near the Hooker Meadow trailhead in the Sequoia National Forest, then wandered to Monache Meadow, Bald Mountain, and rode around the area on dirt bikes. And the best part was the extremely low concentration of humans.

Henri patrolling the area on his pit bike.
Henri patrolling the area on his pit bike.
It turns out the flying bugs liked our candles as much as we did.
It turns out the flying bugs liked our candles as much as we did.
Camp site near Rodeo Flats.
Camp site near Rodeo Flats.
Matthew and Robert on the trail.
Matthew and Robert on the Jackass Creek Trail.
Matthew and Robert on the Jackass Trail.
Matthew and Robert giggling over the trail name.
Rocks are a good way to quickly and efficiently drain engine oil.
Rocks are a good way to quickly and efficiently drain engine oil.
Tito, Carol and Matthew, each in their own way, relaxing at camp.
Tito, Carol and Matthew, each in their own way, relaxing at camp.
Bald Mountain lookout, still in operation.
Bald Mountain lookout, still in operation. Right about here.
When on the lookout, it's best to apply a death grip to prevent from flying off.
When on the lookout, it’s best to apply a death grip to prevent from flying off.
A peek inside the fire lookout tower.
A peek inside the fire lookout tower.
Hooker Meadow, 8,400' elevation.
Hooker Meadow, 8,400′ elevation. Right about here.
Dave and Irene drive their new Tacoma across the South Fork of the Kern River in Monache Meadows.
Dave and Irene drive their new Tacoma across the South Fork of the Kern River in Monache Meadows.
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Hanging out along the Kern.
Hanging out along the Kern.
Olancha Peak is the tallest, bald.
Olancha Peak is the tallest, bald.